The little bee-eater (Merops pusillus) is the smallest bee-eater. Resident in much of Sub-Saharan Africa, it hunts bees, wasps, hornets and other small insects, while perched on low and often bare branches. It will kill its prey by knocking it on the branch, or another hard surface, before eating it. This technique also removes the stinger if present on the insect. It should not be confused with the little green bee-eater.